Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.
So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.
Twitter CEO Deposed Preceding Buyout Trial
In the latest from the ongoing Twitter lawsuit against Elon Musk, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal was deposed Monday. Lawyers for Musk questioned Agrawal as a high-profile trial is being set for mid-October.
Musk wants to back out of the deal, alleging Twitter misrepresented the number of users, stating a higher number of non-human bots than Twitter disclosed are active on the platform. Musk also alleges there are glaring security vulnerabilities on the platform that significantly de-value the social media site.
The $44 billion deal to purchase Twitter was initially announced in April.
Nokia to Launch New 5G Smartphone
After languishing in market purgatory for the last few years, Nokia is mounting a comeback with a new powerful 5G phone. The Nokia G80 5G Mobile, expected to launch in January 2023 in India, offers a range of upgrades and new features.
The phone will run on Android v12 and will reportedly come with a Snapdragon 480 Plus, Octa-core processor. Along with it, it will feature 2.2 GHz processing speed, dual-core and 1.9GHz speed for its Hexa Core. With 4 GB of RAM and a 16.71 cm IPS LCD display and a screen resolution of 1080 x 2080 px, Nokia’s latest offering will rival other top smartphones on the market.
NASA Crashes Probe into Asteroid
NASA crashed an unmanned spacecraft into an asteroid Monday evening. NASA carried out the mission to gain a better understanding of how we can redirect potentially dangerous asteroids away from our fragile planet.
The probe collided with Dimorphos, an asteroid moonlet circling the larger asteroid Didymos, at 7:14 p.m. ET Monday, knocking the large space rock slightly off its orbit around the larger asteroid. The mission, known as DART, marks the first true test of whether or not NASA will one day be able to push a potentially dangerous asteroid off a collision course with Earth if the need should ever arise.
Neither asteroids pose any threat to the Earth, according to NASA.
Firefox Slams Big Tech for Monopolizing Browser Options
In a recent report, a Firefox developer stated companies that do not have their own operating systems are at a significant disadvantage.
“Having these few large companies dominate such an important tech market – Mozilla refers to browsers and browser engines as the heart of the web – has a monopolistic ripple effect that leads to few choices for users, a drop in innovation, a lack of openness, and low quality, insecure code thrust upon us,” the Firefox developer concluded.
The recent report could put big tech companies back in the crosshairs of regulators and add more evidence for Congress to use against Apple, Google, and Microsoft.